Kick It Out report shows racism in football on the rise
Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling (pictured) suffered alleged racist abuse at Chelsea last weekend, just a week after a banana skin was thrown at Arsenal striker Pierre-emerick Aubameyang after he scored against Tottenham. The two high-proile incidents follow the release of igures showing incidents reported to antidiscrimination body Kick It Out increased last season for at least the ifth year in a row. Kick It Out’s statistics for the 2017-18 season, published on Nov.28, showed a 22 per cent rise in racist incidents and an overall 11 per cent rise in incidents of discrimination reported at all levels of the English game. The igures showed there were 520 incidents reported last season across Kick It
Out’s various platforms, which include social media, its website and app. That’s compared to 469 the previous season, continuing an ongoing trend after there were 402 reports in 2015-16, 393 in 2014-15, 284 in 2013-14 and just 77 in 2012-13. Over half of last season’s incidents, 273 (52.5 per cent), involved racism while homophobia accounted for 111 of the reports, or another 21.3 per cent. Those igures were up from 224 and 102 respectively in 2016-17.